Asics Gel Venture 6
The Asics Gel Venture 6 is a trail shoe designed with a high amount of traction and support. Trail runners will appreciate the attention to detail Asics used in crafting this shoe, as it delivers durability with comfort.
Updated from the previous version, the Gel Venture 6 boasts a new midsole and upper. The midsole ensures that the runners have a comfortable and shock-absorbent run. The upper uses a strong, mesh upper that keeps the foot secure and cool.
Asics used lugs for the outsoles that are positioned multi-directionally with a strong tread that stands up on the trails. With an affordable price and high level of protection, this is a shoe that trail runners should consider.
Let’s take a closer look at the Asics Gel Venture 6 review.
- Affordable price
- Extra reinforcement
- Redesigned upper and midsole
- Excellent traction
- Highly durable
- Heavier weight
- Lacking responsiveness
Since trail shoes need traction and grip, Asics uses multi-directional lugs that provide enhanced grip on a variety of surfaces. Runners can rest assured that this shoe will perform well on all the uneven terrain encountered on trails. The outsole is designed to withstand harsh elements and debris from trails.
The outsole also performs well in wet conditions. Reviewers were impressed with the outsole’s grip, traction, and overall durability, and had no related issues.
The midsole overall creates a comfortable environment while running. However, the midsole’s design ensures that there is an optimal energy return. Reviewers thought that the midsole’s updates make for a much more comfortable experience. However, some still felt that there needed to be more gel for a harder impact.
The upper is comprised of a synthetic mesh that contributes to the shoe’s overall flexibility and durability. It also boasts a plush, comfortable tongue. There is also a toe bumper that is stitched down. This feature helps provide protection, fit and comfort. Reviewers were impressed with the shoe’s upper, noting its durability and breathability.
The upper also provides comfort by using a breathable, mesh material that ensures that the foot stays cool and dry. Reviewers had a few issues with the comfort after some time, as the shoe gets broken in. Some also that the heel lost its support after time as well.
Depending on preferences, this may be an issue for the purchaser, as reviewers felt that the comfort level was not as high as other Asics’ running shoes.
Its tread and lugs are also active on the trails. The gel midsole, while comfortable, is still active and durable. The upper uses a synthetic mesh material that is durable to handle the debris and elements along the trail. The shoe’s enhanced durability makes this a prime choice for purchasers looking for a shoe to go the distance.
The upper uses synthetic mesh to protect the foot from debris found on a trail. There is also a toe bumper that is stitched down to provide even more protection. Reviewers were impressed with the level of protection the Gel Venture 6 offers.
Reviewers wanted more responsiveness from the shoe, though. While the cushioning is comfortable, the responsiveness was lacking.
The midsole’s gel technology helps support the foot during impact. The outsole also provides support by providing a strong foundation for the runner. Also, the upper keeps the foot snugly in place. There is some additional reinforcement added to the side of the shoe to support the foot, as well as a heel collar.
Reviewers had no issues related to assisting with the Asics Gel Venture 6.
The single-piece outsole uses AHAR rubber to provide maximum durability and protection along the trails. Also, the outsole uses lugs to provide traction and grip needed along the paths. The midsole also supports the runner along the contributing as it uses gel technology to provide cushioning during impact.
The upper also ensures the foot stays protected from debris along the trail, while also keeping the foot cool and dry with optimal breathability. Reviewers were impressed with how the shoe performed along the trails, even in wet conditions.
Reviewers enjoyed the excellent grip along with their runs. They felt that the friction held up on dry and wet conditions alike.
The synthetic mesh material holds the foot in place snugly, while also ensuring that the foot can move naturally. Reviewers thought that the shoe allowed for natural movement.
Reviewers felt that the shoe was extremely stable. They appreciated the extra reinforcement and the ability to add the orthopedic insert.
- Gel technology midsole
- Breathable, mesh upper
- Redesigned midsole and upper
- Extra reinforcement on the sides of the shoe
- Heel collar
- 10mm drop
- Multi-directional lugs
It uses AHAR rubber that contributes to the shoe’s overall durability. There are also multi-directional lugs that provide traction and grip on and off the trail. The shoe uses gel technology on the midsole to provide soft cushioning that is highly comfortable. The redesigned upper keeps the foot snugly in place while protecting the foot from debris. The upper also offers more breathability ensuring that the foot stays cool and dry.
This versatile shoe is a secure option for runners looking for a trail that could work well on trails and roads. While the shoe is slightly heavier than some other options on the market, many added features contribute to the overall durability and protection of the shoe.
The shoe also works well for those looking for some stability, as it allows for the addition of an orthopedic insert and has a heel counter. This all-around shoe is also an affordable option for purchasers who have a more limited budget. The only main issue some more experienced runners had was a limited amount of responsiveness, as they were looking for a bit more.
The Asics Gel Venture 6, in general, is a reliable option though and should be considered.
We've also reviewed the latest model, the Asics Gel Venture 8, which is a great neutral running shoe with a modest price point, so you might want to check it out.